2018 Spring Conference - Taking Care of Business in Challenging Times

  • 26 Apr 2018
  • 12:00 PM
  • 27 Apr 2018
  • 5:00 PM
  • Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S Clinton Street, Greenwood Village, CO 80112


  • Registration is $375

Registration is closed

CALA 2018 Spring Conference

Sheraton Denver Tech Center

Greenwood Village, Colorado

Call Sheraton Hotel central reservations or reserve your room online for  $98/night Special CALA rate (rate available until April 13, 2018).

Contact Sheraton Central Reservations at 1-800-325-3535 or local hotel at 303-799-6200 and make sure to reference you are with the "Colorado Assisted Living Association" to receive the $98 plus tax room rate.  Or reserve your room online by clicking here.

Reaching New Heights

CALA Spring Conference 2018

Join your colleagues for education, networking, and fun at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center. There are many changes affecting Colorado’s assisted living industry this year. The CALA Spring Conference promises to provide a great lineup of speakers and topics to prepare you for these changes.

Thursday, April 26  • 12:00 PM – Registration Opens

Day 1 will feature only 2 tracks.  One for Executive Directors & Owners and one for Management.  Day 2 has an added track for Caregivers. See schedule below.

Thursday, April 26 • 5:00-7:00PM

CALA Kick-off Party with Exhibitor Partners

Sponsored by our exhibitor partners and designed to give you a chance to meet new contacts and greet old friends, our kick-off party on Thursday evening will be the networking highlight of the CALA Spring Conference.

Day 1 Afternoon Educational Programs

12:00 PM - Registration Opens

Session 1: 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Opening General Session: Taking Care of Business in Challenging Times
Speakers:  CALA Board Members
This exciting kickoff program will feature CALA Board Members highlighting the value of membership in CALA.  They will focus on the Association's benefits and services as well as the Association's accomplishments this year.

Session 2: 2:15PM – 3:15PM

ED/Owner Track:
Person Centered Tenant/Landlord Agreements
Speaker:  Aaron Evans, Esq., Evans Case, LLP
Aaron will cover all the points about Tenant/Landlord agreements for assisted living homes.  You will learn the ins and outs of the agreements so that they benefit you and your residents.

Management Track:
Crisis Management:  What to do when the Press shows up!
Speaker:  Carole Walker, Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association
You have had an incident at your assisted living home.  The press shows up on your doorsteop to do a story for the nightly news.  What do you do?  How do you manage the press coverage? This program will go over the steps you need to follow to do the damage control for the incident and manage the publicity to your benefit.

Session 3: 3:30PM – 4:30PM

ED/Owner Track:
Understanding Rule Making:  "Seeing Sausage Being Made"
Speaker:  Corky Kyle, MPA, CAE, CALA Executive Vice President
Understanding the rule-making process is integral to managing the regulatory oversight created by the legislature.  It is a complex process and requires constant vigilance.  Discover how you can have a direct effect on any regulatory outcome.

Management Track:

Medicaid Update:  Focusing on the Future
Speaker:  Leah Pogoriler, Strategic Policy Advisor, Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy & Financing
Medicaid continues to change the way it interacts with its client.  Get an update and learn about what is coming in the future.

5:00PM – 7:00PM

CALA Exhibitor Partner Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Good Day Pharmacy
End your day of learning with getting together with friends, colleagues, and exhibitor partners for a great evening of networking and relaxation. Renew old friendships and start new ones. You won’t want to miss this exciting event.

Day 2 Full Day of Education Programs

Day 2: Friday, April 27, 2017

Registration Opens 7:30AM

Continental Breakfast 7:30AM – 8:30AM

8:00AM – 8:15AM Conference Welcome
Bill Boles, President of CALA

8:15AM – 8:45AM Opening Keynote
Elder Abuse:  A Growing Concern
Speaker:  Maro Casparian, Director of Consumer Protection, Denver District Attorney's Office
In this dynamic presentation, the growth of elder abuse continues to take center stage in working with our seniors in our assisted living facilities. Learn how to train your staff on what to look for when working with seniors.

8:45AM – 9:15AM Exhibitor Partner Networking

9:15AM – 10:15AM Morning Breakouts

Session 1: ED/Owner Track
Food Safety Made Easy: Navigating the New Requirements for Food Handling on a Budget
Speaker:  Therese Pilonetti, REHS, CP-HS, Unit Manager, CDPHE
Learn the in's and out's about the new food regulations, and what this means to you as it affects the operation of your assisted living residence.

Session 1: Management Track
Recruiting & Retaining Quality Employees

Speaker:  Kathy Miracle, Alumia Institute
In today's fast paced world, we all know how hard it is to recruit and retain good employees.  Learn recruiting techniques that work and ways to retain your quality employees.

Session 1: Caregiver Track
Mental Health First Aid for Professionals
Speaker:  Kenna Dickard, Mental Health First Aid Colorado
Working in an assisted living residence can be stressful and demanding.  Learn how to cope with the day to day activities and still come out smiling.

10:15AM – 10:30AM Exhibitor Partner Networking

10:30AM – 11:30AM Morning Breakouts

Session 2: ED/Owner Track
Marketing Your ALR:  Learn from the Experts
Panelists:  Jonathan Bryant, SiteStaff, Oliver Hersch, The Seniors Blue Book and Kelly Grace O'Connor, Senior Care Authority Denver Metro
Marketing your community is no easy task and there is no single tactic that is the best tactic.  It can take a more strategic and comprehensive way to effectively market your community and increase your census.  Learn from our panel of experts from a varied background of services both online and offline.  Leave with a complete picture of what your successful marketing plan should look like.

Session 2: Management Track
The Art of Developing and Writing an Effective Job Description
Speaker:  Tom Zeleny, Aspen Associates Group
Making sure that everyone knows exactly what their job is can only be done in written form that clearly lays out their responsibilities as well as if they are in compliance with federal and state law.

Session 2: Caregiver Track
Activity Programs in Small Settings:  The Fun, the Goals, the Challenges
Speaker: Carmen Bowman, Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change
Carmen will share how they make activity programs fit the smaller assisted living facilities.  We'll be talking about how you plan exciting activities, overcome challenges, and engage your residents AND staff.  How do you appeal to populations of various ages, abilities and interests?  Beside these topics, we'll discuss what the new "Resident Engagement" regulations from CDPHE are and what they mean for small ALRs.  Let your creativity flow!

11:30AM – 12 Noon Exhibitor Partner Networking 

12 Noon – 1:00PM - Keynote & Luncheon
Keynote Speaker:  Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director, HCPF
Mrs. Bimestefer is the newly appointed executive director of the Colorado Division of Health Care Policy and Financing.  Change is on the way and you won't want to miss this review.

1:00PM – 1:30PM Exhibitor Partner Networking

1:30PM – 2:30PM Afternoon Session

CDPHE New ALR Rules Training Program:  Overview of New ALR Rules
Speakers:  Elaine McManis, Branch Chief, Home & Community Facilities, CDPHE and Dee Reda, Program Supervisor, CDPHE
This program will be an intense discussion of the new rules and regulations that the Assisted Living Advisory Committee will be working under in 2018.

2:30PM – 2:45PM Afternoon Break

2:45PM – 4:30PM

CDPHE New ALR Rules Training Program
Continuation of new ALR rules and regulations

4:30PM – 5:00PM

Conference Wrap-Up
Exhibitor prizes will be distributed and the grand prize will be awarded.

All registered attendees must be present.  No substitutions allowed unless you have received prior approval from CALA staff prior to first day of event.